Jazz Night - The Music of Miles Davis

Boom Room Event

Milestones: the Music of Miles Davis Night: Featuring Jake Baldwin and Rarely Heard Performances from the Hard Bop classic quintet of the late 1950s. We will perform "Two Bass Hit", "Dr. Jackle", "Round' Midnight", "Joshua" and "Walkin" as well as other very challenging pieces that most jazz musicians shy away from.

The Minnesota Hard Bop Collective:
Jeff Rinear Trombone
Jake Baldwin Trumpet
Dale Alexander Piano
Ted Olsen Bass
Jesse Simon Drums

For a guy just a few years out of the New England Conservatory, Jake Baldwin is already a veteran performer around the Twin Cities. He got his start on trumpet in sixth grade, he says, “because it was between that and choir, and if you’ve ever heard me sing, well, be glad I play trumpet.” Hearing Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra pulled him into jazz, while Charles Mingus and Thelonious Monk are other sources of inspiration. A 2009 graduate of Minnetonka High School and alum of the second and third editions of the Dakota Combo (2007-09), Jake studied with Jerry Bergonzi, Bob Moses, John McNeil, Joe Morris and Fred Hersch at the NEC, and was one of three finalists in the 2011 International Trumpet Guild Solo Competition; a year later he was runner-up in the jazz division of the National Trumpet Competition. After graduating from NEC in May 2013, Jake moved back to the Twin Cities, initially working for the Harralson Trumpet company while building his creds on the local jazz scene. Those creds have been accumulating, with his own bands at such venues as the Dakota, Artists Quarter, Jazz Central, Black Dog, Nicollet, and Dunsmore Room, and in other bands including the Twin Cities Latin Jazz Orchestra, Chomsky, Thomas Nordlund Group, Endeavors, Cory Healey’s Beautiful Sunshine Band, Chris Bates’ Red 5, Minnesota Hard Bop Collective, McNasty Brass Band, and more, and has toured extensively with Har Mar Superstar. Jake recently released his first album as leader of the band Ra Ra Ru–dubbed Metallic Ink Co–on the Electricity Is Magic label in 2014.

Upon graduating from the Berklee College of Music with a degree in performance on trombone, Jeff Rinear freelanced in a wide variety of musical settings, including numerous extended engagements, for four years. After a touring stint with the Artie Shaw Orchestra he settled in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area where he has backed up the likes of Burt Bacharach, Dionne Warwick, the Temptations, Natalie Cole, and Kenny Rogers, just to mention a few. He is one of the busiest trombonists in the Twin Cities.

Pianist Dale Alexander is a musician of sterling reputation in the world of American music. He grew up in St. Paul, where he at first played drums. Dale’s natural talent for melody and invention eventually demanded he switch to piano. Dale has performed with many of top musicians of the era. He performed with Prince, Doors guitarist Robby Krieger, George Benson, Red Holloway, Eric Burdon, Jimmy Jam/Terry Lewis, and many more. His pop music instrumental “Singularity” was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2010. Power swing, and sophistication--all rooted in the blues--are Alexander’s musical calling cards, and he delivers them unfailingly.

Ted Olsen studied bass with Travis Schilling and Adam Linz, graduating from St. Paul’s Como Park High School in 2010. He went on to study composition at Luther College in Decorah, IA, finishing college studies at the University of Northern Colorado in spring 2015. In the Twin Cities, Ted has taught at the Twin Cities Jazz Workshop and has performed as leader and sideman at various venues including the Artists Quarter, Jazz Central, Black Dog, Twin Cities Jazz Festival, and more, often in the company of Javi Santiago and Miguel Hurtado. He has also branched out into working with artists from the folk, rock, R&B, and contemporary classical scenes. Ted won the 2012 Eric Stokes Song Contest held by the American Composers’ Forum; in 2015 he was a finalist in the ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composers’ competition.

Jazz drummer Jesse Simon started playing the drums at age 9 and by 13 he was gigging in the Boulder/Denver area. He recorded his first album at the age of 14 and was working at local jazz clubs with area musicians. While still in high school Jesse got the opportunity to perform with Lew Tebakin, Conti Condoli and at the Telluride Jazz Festival, with Phil Woods. In 1995 Jesse ventured to New York City to attend the Manhattan School of Music where he eventually shared the stage with the late Milt Hinton, Barry Harris, Stefon Harris, Chris Potter, Peter Bernstein and Jane Monheit, to name a few. While in New York he studied extensively with the late Joe Morello (Dave Brubeck Quartet). After graduating from MSM in 1999, Jesse worked as a professional jazz musician in Denver, Houston and Minneapolis. Jesse is also a producer and a music educator. He lives in St. Paul with his wife and two sons.

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